Homework & Research Help for Kids

Homework Tips

There are loads of resources to help you with your homework. Library databases have lots of useful information that’s not necessarily available through Google. Plus, you know you can trust this information. Many websites can also help you with your homework, but make sure you’re safe while surfing the Internet, that the websites you find are from reliable sources, and learn how to cite those sources.

Library Database

This database has information your children can use to complete homework assignments. You’ll need your library card to log in to some of them.

Explora
“ideal for school projects, this EBSCO database delivers relevant results including articles, essays, and primary source documents in a colorful and friendly design. [Login Requirements: library card & PIN]”

Websites

Sunshine Coast Museum at Home
“We want to bring the Museum to your home so you can continue to explore all the fascinating histories of the Sunshine Coast. Below is a variety of resources for students, parents and community members to access free of charge from the comfort of your own home. From a virtual tour of Museum exhibits to our online archival photograph and historical newspaper collections, we have you got you covered.”

Royal BC Museum Learning Portal
“What do you want to learn about British Columbia? Start your search with a subject, story, time or place.” Features learning pathways, timelines, playlists, and much more.

Canadian Museum of History Resource Centre
“A showcase to discover the assets and the expertise of the Museum.”

Royal Ontario Museum Resources
“Find information and resources from all areas of the ROM including our Indigenous-Western Timeline, a virtual prehistoric museum, and the ROM’s vast collections.”

Khan Academy
“Learn almost anything for free.” 3300 videos that cover a wide variety of subjects, suitable for helping your child with homework assignments.

Notable Digital Children’s Media
The Notable Children’s Digital Media list includes real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content for children 14 years of age and younger that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while informing, educating, and entertaining in exemplary ways. (from the American Library Association).

Sechelt Library’s list of recommended fun websites for kids.


Other Library Websites

Many libraries have reviewed websites and created lists of recommended children’s websites. Here are two of our favourites:

North Vancouver District Public Library’s Homework Resources for Kids
Recommended websites for homework.

West Vancouver Memorial Library’s Homework Help
Separates topics by grade

Can You Trust That Website?

Anyone can build a website, so you need to make sure the ones you’re looking at are from people you can trust. Here’s how:

Evaluating Websites
A How-To guide for Middle-School students

Evaluating Websites checklist
A downloadable checklist in pdf format.

Internet Safety

MediaSmarts Games
Online games that teach kids in fun ways all about internet safety, privacy and more. From MediaSmarts: Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy.

RCMP
Internet Safety Resources – Centre for Youth Crime Prevention.

Citing Sources: Writing a Bibliography
What’s a bibliography?

It’s a list of all the books, articles, websites, interviews or movies that you used to create your project or report.

Why do I need a bibliography?

It’s important to give credit to the people whose work you used for your report. And it gives you, your teacher and anyone else who reads your report a chance to refer to those sources for more information.

How do I write a bibliography?

There are different ways you can do this and your teacher will tell you which they prefer (if they haven’t, just ask).


Resources

How to Write a Bibliography For a Science Fair Project
ThoughtCo.

Book Citation Examples
Oregon School Library Information System

Citing Sources
Kennedy Elementary School, Grafton, WI

How to Cite Sources
Franklin Elementary, Buffalo, NY

How do I: Create & cite my work?
Learning Commons, Upper Canada District School Board

Using Quotations and Citing Sources
Langara College Library Learning Commons, Vancouver, BC

Citation Bootcamp
Langara College Writing Centre, Vancouver, BC

Annotated Bibliography: a Writing Guide
Langara College Writing Centre, Vancouver, BC

Write a Bibliography
wikihow